Major Championship at Silver Lakes The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Glencoe, AL on the weekend of September 13-14 for the Major Championship at Silver Lakes. Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings were at stake in the Boys 15-18 Division while winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Tour Championship and points towards the 2014 Hurricane Cup. With this event being a major, double the points of a usual competition were there for the taking as well. Boys 15-18
After battling through tough heat and unfriendly greens on Saturday, Reagan Harrell stood atop the Boys 15-18 leader board entering the final round. Reagan shot a low score of 71 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Austin Mancilla from Lawrenceville, GA. Reagan started his front nine on Sunday giving back three strokes to the field, while facing the strong competition of Mancilla, Jordan Botwinick, Sam Murphy, Kip Denison, and Stephen Foernsler (who all rounded up the top 5). When it was all said and done, however, Reagan Harrell would finish impressively, going two under on the back nine to remain up on top with a three-stroke victory and a major championship. Stephen Foernsler earned the lowest round score on Sunday shooting an impressive 72 with 4 birdies. He finished tied for fifth after a first round of 82. Harrell would also lead in scoring average on par 3s (2.9) for the weekend. Runner up finisher Austin Mancilla would lead the field in par 4 scoring (4.0) and Stephen Foernsler led in par 5 scoring average (4.6) for the weekend. Harrell’s win is his first on tour and earns him a spot in the 2014 Tour Championship in Orlando, FL. Boys 11-14
In the Boys 11-14 Division, Luka Karaulic from Lawrenceville, GA led from start to finish, taking an impressive weekend win, shooting a 70 and 74 respectively. Luka and his first day pairing mates Braden Jones and James Walton, played the first hole on Saturday an impressive four under, with Luka holing out for eagle. No stranger to victory, this most recent win is the 7th for Mr. Karaulic on the tour season so far. In addition to Luka, James Walton stole the show on Sunday by going four under on his first 14 holes before eventually falling three strokes back to finish with the lowest score of the day at 71. Unfortunately for Walton, his Saturday score was just too much to overcome as he finished 8 strokes back in third for the weekend. Braden Jones stuck right with the leader throughout and finished second for the weekend with two respectable rounds of 74 and 75. Gage Smith and Preston Topper also shot two very nice rounds and finished 4th and 5th respectively. Girls 15-18
Ashton Maddaloni would claim the title in the Girls 15-18 Division over Emily Lankford. Ashton began the tournament with a birdie on her opening hole before posting an opening round 75 and would play her first nine holes in -2 to post a final round 75 as well. Maddaloni also the division in par 3 scoring (3.0), par 4 scoring (4.2) and also par 5 scoring (5.1). Adding to that, Ashton also led the division in birdies with a total of 8 over the 2 days. The win this weekend allows Ashton a spot in the 2014 Tour Championship in Orlando, FL December 6-7. Girls 11-14
A small field of two competitive female athletes headlined the Girls 11-14 division this weekend. Isabella van der Biest and Halle Boles battled back and forth to determine who would take home the victory. Both girls continuously hit useful approach shots and dialed in very strong and consistent short games to make this matchup an intriguing one to follow all weekend long. After much competition, it was Halle Boles from Barbourville, KY who took home the crown as a major champion. Halle shot two rounds of 88 to phase off Isabella by eight strokes in the end. After a hard fought victory, Halle also joins the other division winners in earning a spot into the 2014 Tour Championship. Weather: Day 1- Low of 69, high of 81. 12 mph winds and cloudy much of the day. Day 2- Low of 67, Sunny, high of 85. Winds 5-10 mph. Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,839 yards Girls 15-18: 5,594 yards Boys 11-14: 6,142 yards Girls 11-14: 5,594 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, Girls 11-14 and Girls 15-18. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Mississippi. For more information regarding the College Prep Series at IU, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.